What is Ridge Preservation?
When teeth are extracted, soft tissue and bone may begin to collapse in the mouth. Without the tooth root to uphold it, the surrounding jawbone may begin to quickly shrink. If too much bone is lost here, the prospect of having dental implants may be lost, as well. If this is the case, it will be difficult, expensive, and painful to regenerate the missing jawbone. Ridge (or socket) preservation is a bone grafting procedure that rebuilds and stabilizes bone where an extraction has left an empty socket.
What is the Procedure for Ridge Preservation?
Ridge preservation procedures begin with a tooth extraction. Dr. Sakamoto will do this very carefully so the existing bone in the socket is not disturbed. Next, he will insert a specialized bone grafting product which is designed to build and regrow bone in the socket. After it has been placed, Dr. Sakamoto will stabilize the material with stitches or a membrane. The surgical site will need to heal for approximately three-to-five months before a dental implant can be placed.
What are the Benefits of Ridge Preservation?
Ridge preservation can minimize the amount of bone loss that occurs after the removal of one or more teeth. Leaving the socket empty after an extraction is sure to lead to deteriorating bone in the jaw, making it more difficult to place an implant later. This procedure is also beneficial because it is minimally invasive with minimally uncomfortable; it prepares the socket for future placement of an implant; it is more cost-effective and less painful than waiting to have the grafting procedure after the bone has been lost, and it preserves a natural-looking smile.
If you are interested in learning if Ridge Preservation is right for you, contact us today at 614-575-0070 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!